Ron van der Ende

Dutch artist Ron van der Ende, who was born in Delft (home of the famous blue porcelain dishware), here makes his U.S. debut. “Motor Memory” renders manufactured machines as oversized, hand-wrought bas-relief figures. Those on display include a Boeing 727, the S.S. Roosevelt (the schooner used for Robert Peary’s historic but ill-fated North Pole expedition), and two Citröen DS automobiles (those beautifully streamlined and iconic French sedans with their adjustable hydraulic suspension). The title of this show (through June 10) refers both to the motor-powered objects being modeled and van der Ende’s time-intensive manual recreations of same. His fragile reproductions of vintage vehicles are made of balsa and scrap wood. Yet in a gallery, free from rust, they may outlive their inspirations. OKOK Gallery, 5107 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-6242, www.okokgallery.com. Free. ADRIANA GRANT

Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 10. Continues through June 10, 2008

 
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